What is Rosacea and How it is Different from Acne?


What is Rosacea?

What is Rosacea? (Image source: Wikipedia)

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder mainly affects the butterfly region of the face, which includes the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. During the initial stages, it looks very much like sunburns with extreme redness on the skin appearing and disappearing now and then.


Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea

This type of Rosacea develops with progression of this disorder. The face derives an inflamed look with the blood vessels looking very prominent.


Papulopustular Rosacea

In certain cases, however, there is a tendency for an outbreak of pus filled tiny pimples and lump-like swellings, which further aggravate the inflammatory reddish skin tone and appearance. This kind of inflammation is referred to as the papulopustular rosacea.


Rhinophyma/ Phymatous Rosacea

Some people afflicted by Rosacea developing thickening of the skin in addition to nodular nose bulging, a condition known as phymatous rosacea or Rhinophyma


Ocular rosacea

In a majority of the people diagnosed with Rosacea there may be symptoms of eye irritation, redness, swelling and dryness, which are symptoms of Ocular rosacea or Blepharitis.


Dissimilarities between Rosacea and Acne

Although most people confuse Rosacea with acne and vice versa, there are dissimilarities between the two with varying symptoms.

  • Unlike acne, Rosacea does not cause eruptions of blackhead and whiteheads.
  • Acne outbreaks occur during the younger age wherein Rosacea is a condition, common among women above thirty years of age.
  • Acute Rosacea causes eye irritation while acne affects the skin.

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